Marquez To Remain In Moto2 For 2012, Despite MotoGP Option

Marc Marquez is to stay in Moto2 for another year. After all of the recent speculation, the 18-year-old Spaniard told the media at Sepang on Thursday that he had decided against switching to the MotoGP class after reviewing the options on offer to him. He will race for the Repsol-backed Catalunya Caixa Moto2 squad run by his mentor Emilio Alzamora aboard a Suter for 2012.

Marquez admitted that he had been surprised at the speed of his own progress. "This is my first year in Moto2, and my level is much better than i expected at the beginning of the season," he told the MotoGP.com website, and that had caused him and his manager Alzamora to explore the options available to him. In the end, though, he felt it was better to remain in Moto2 for another year, to gain more experience before stepping up to the premier class. "At the end of the season, it was time to check all the possibilities, and I think the best one is to stay one more year in Moto2, because every race I learn something new," Marquez told MotoGP.com. "It was a difficult decision, but I think we took the right one."

Two possible scenarios were possible for Marquez' ascent to MotoGP, and discussions about the two had been going on since Misano. One possibility was to take the remaining vacant seat at the LCR Honda team, while the other was that the Monlau Competicion organization which runs the Catalunya Caixa team would move up as an independent entity and be run as a separate and new team. In both cases, Marquez would have had a factory Honda RC213V and full factory support for the bike - the so-called Rookie Rule merely prevents newcomers from entering factory teams, not being supplied with factory equipment - though Alzamora's preference was believed to have been for Marquez to be in his own team. The funding for both options had been available, though with the precarious situation that the Catalunya Caixa bank finds itself in - it has just been nationalized by the Spanish Central Bank pending restructuring - meant that extra funding from the bank became impossible.

The bigger problem for Marquez was Repsol, however. As explained in detail by Spanish website Motocuatro, Repsol stood to lose a lot of marketing exposure if Marquez moved up to MotoGP. Marquez was on screen in one form or another some 80% of the time during the Moto2 broadcasts, and with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa monopolizing the MotoGP broadcasts, the Spanish petroleum giant was getting wall-to-wall coverage of its brand in Spain. Having Marquez in MotoGP would add very little exposure in the premier class, while losing a huge amount of coverage in Moto2. With Marquez staying in Moto2, Repsol have the added benefit of seeing the #1 plate on its bikes in both the MotoGP and Moto2 classes, with Stoner having wrapped up the MotoGP title at Australia and Marquez still the favorite for the Moto2 crown, despite the fact that the Spaniard still trails championship leader Stefan Bradl by 3 points.

Though Marquez will remain in Moto2 for 2012, he is widely expected to make the step up in 2013.

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What will be the difference for Repsol in the end of next year?
Whether or not Marquez and Stoner end up winning their respective 2012 championships, they will still have extensive camera time benefiting Repsol.
So Repsol will have no more incentive to help Marquez move to MotoGP in 2013 rather than 2012.
This explanation does not make any sense...

Another year of the coverage in Moto2 for Repsol is better than not having it. Even if they lose the marketing capabilities of Marquez in 2013, they still have 2012 to take advantage of.

It seems like lately there has been a push to get some of the young guns up to the MotoGP ranks, despite experience. I'm glad Marquez has decided to stick in Moto2 and refine his race craft. Looking back at others in MotoGP there are many that stayed a while in the lower classes:

Lorenzo 125cc - 3 years, 250cc - 3 years (2 championships, 1 runner-up)
Dovizioso 125cc - 4 years, 250cc - 3 years (1 championship, 2 runner-ups)
Barbera 125cc - 3 years, 250cc - 5 years (2 runner-ups)
Stoner 125cc - 3 years, 250cc - 2 years (1 runner-up)
de Puniet 125cc - 3 years, 250cc - 5 years
Pedrosa 125cc - 3 years, 250cc - 2 years (3 championships)
Simoncelli 125cc - 4 years, 250cc - 4 years (1 championship)
Rossi 125cc - 2 years, 250cc - 2 years (2 championships, 1 runner-up)
Capirossi 125cc - 2 years, 250cc - 6 years (3 championships, 1 runner-up)

I'd still like to see Pedrosa have a good healthy, injury free season... Probably get a championship for himself.

Wow, thanks for the info. Looking at all the experience of the top level MotoGP riders I can see why Spies has had his hands full this year even on a factory machine.

Most of these riders had half a dozen years experience on the tracks before even entering the premier class.

Marquez has nothing to prove or lose by staying in Moto 2. Nothing to learn either. Opportunity lost. Anyway, Dani and Puig enjoy a reprieve for 2012.

I think it was a good and rational decision. Like it was said in many other posts, there is always plenty to learn and experience to aquire. Riding GP bike in any class is not an easy task and there still plenty to learn for the young Spaniard. Staying in Moto2 for 2012, will give Marquez opportunity to observe how the current GP riders adopt to the new bikes, new rules and experiment with the new season, while observing it from the bench line, rather in the mist, taking a chance to get disappointed and disappointing. Plus, By the end of 2012 with many current contracts being over, it would give Marquez more options with current and/or CRT teams while entering the series with much more experience and knowledge of the new machinery from others expereinces & mistakes.

Bradl won't be very happy to hear this, I guess.
@ELoria:
He will still only be able to join a satellite-team, due to the rookie rule. So he has gained nothing in terms of contract options.
I think it's the wrong decision, because he hasn't got that much to prove in Moto2 in my opinion.
Well, David is probably right and it's money talking as usual.

The decision to stay in Moto2 has very little to do with gaining more experience! It's obvious that he adapts to new machinery very well especially when he's given new parts first! What we really need to know is: What were the other offers on the table and what did they entail?? Any insight to that David? I would wager that he was promised a lot of Top Choice incentives for when he moves to MotoGP. Maybe the 'Rookie' rule will be discarded by then so he can go straight to the Repsol Honda Team with Casey! More money and first dibs on new 1-off equipment in Moto2. Be a mentor to his younger brother so Alex can take his place as the star in Moto2 when he moves up. And sponsors? Getting them lined up properly takes more time these days! And I would agree that Repsol threw in more money for the exposure they get by MM staying in Moto2. The new Golden Boy for Repsol is being groomed quite well. It was a team decision since everyone has a stake in his success. And by 2013... Puig may be out on his ear by then! Dani still needs to worry... his ride at Repsol is still in jeopardy regardless if Marquez arrives in 2012 or 2013!

You can't have it both ways. I.e: Praise Spies for his fabulous ability to learn new tracks quickly whilst winning on the Superbike, and then use his competitors greater experience of G.P tracks as an excuse for Spies not yet fulfilling what many consider to still be potential untapped.

Spies has had his arse whupped good 'n' proper by his team mate this year. No excuses.

Wow, where did that come from.

1) I may have (but actually don’t recall) praising Spies for his ability to learn new tracks – I think it is one of his many attributes.
2) I have many times in the past praised Spies for his exceptional talent, bravery, race craft, intelligence (on and off the track), and his no nonsense approach to racing. I still stand behind those praises after his first year on a factory machine, and his second year in MotoGP.
3) I have always knew that his MotoGP competitors had more experience but it was quite an epiphany to see it so apply portrayed in vegasjon’s post. Hence my previous post.
4) Actually, if I had praised his track learning ability, I could have it both ways. It is perfectly reasonable to praise someone for his ability to quickly learn tracks while at the same time take note that his competitors have vastly more experience on those same tracks. It’s common knowledge that more experience usually translates into better results. I fully stand behind my statement.

Finally - you are right, Spies has been soundly beaten by his team mate - last year’s world champion. But, I’m sure you will concede, all but one rider fits into this category.

I also think that there is no shame in being 5th in the world against the best in the world – in only your second year in the premier motorcycle racing series. He has done his countrymen proud. Not just this year but every year since 2008. At least that’s my opinion anyway. Yours may vary.

I've been watching FP1, Nick and Gavin brought up the topic of Ben Spies. They were talking about how he got his first victory this year at Assen. He has stayed right there usually behind the Hondas (4 factory bikes) and Lorenzo. So for a factory rider to be up there is no small feat. They made the point that the Honda is performing better than the Yamaha this year, so that is another aspect to consider.

It seems everyone was waiting for Spies to set the world on fire when coming over to MotoGP. He was awesome in WSBK. I think next year with the larger displacement bikes (who knows the exact size) he should be able to do that little bit better to step onto the podium more often.

I can't wait for next season! It's going to be a long and boring winter unless they open up some more testing.

I am a fan of Spies and his approach to racing. I am also one of those who still believe he hasn't peaked yet.

But using the superior historical track experience of his competitors is specious at best. Spies knows his way around these places now and track conditions change from year to year. Look at P.I last week, far bumpier than last year. The top flight like Stoner account for this and find new lines. Spies is at no disadvantage whatsoever here. We're not talking 37.73 miles of the I.O.M to learn.....

Where did my post come from? Your excuse making of course!